Human Rights Abuse: Mind Your Business – Presidency Tells UK, US

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The Presidency has decided to disregard warnings from the international communities on human rights abused in Nigeria.

An aide to General Muhammad Buhari warned the United States, United Kingdom and the European Union to stay away from the affairs of Nigeria, particularly as it relates to human rights abuse.

Femi Adesina said this on Wednesday on Channels TV “Politics Today” programme.

General Muhammadu Buhari
General Muhammadu Buhari

Adesina stated that Nigeria is a sovereign nation and will rather listen to a local commentator than a report or warnings from foreign countries.

On The Issue of Arrest of the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, Adesina said: “We are not answerable to the U.S., the UK or the EU.”

It could be recalled that the DSS invaded a Federal Court in Abuja last Friday to arrest the convener of RevolutionNow, Sowore.

The judge reportedly had to hide for fear of being harmed. A video which was released on social media shows Sowore’s supporters holding him down to stop the DSS from rearresting him.

The event happened after Sowore had spent 124 days in detention despite being granted bail twice.

General Muhammadu Buhari’s aide on Wednesday advised foreign countries to deal with their internal crisis rather than focus on Nigeria.

“We are Nigeria, a sovereign country. Those countries and entities have issues of their own. Let them deal with their issues. Let Nigeria also deal with her internal issues. We are not answerable to them.” Adesina said on the program.

The General’s spokesman, however, acknowledged that the Presidency respects Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka “than that of any foreign nation or commentators”.

“We respect Professor Soyinka. You don’t have too many of them in the country or even on the continent. He is an avatar and he is well respected but his opinion will remain his opinion. It will be considered and if there are things to act on, we will act on them,” he disclosed.

Last week, some lawmakers from the United States and the United Kingdom had called for the release of Sowore, warning that further human rights abused may result in reassessing the relationship between the countries.

Apart from Sowore whose case has caused an international sensation, the federal government has illegally and continuously detained a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki for more than three years, and the leader of Shiite leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife despite several court orders granting them bails.

Adesina said those calling for the release of the illegally detained Nigerians are the opinion of “few Nigerians”

“Genuine issues will be looked into. We have had instances in which the government had to reverse itself because there were concerns raised.”

“It shows that the government is responsive but you cannot listen to a babble of voices. It will distract you from what you are doing.”Adesina added.


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